Thursday, 23 November 2017

Ways To Wear It: Christmas Jumper Day to Night with PrettyLittleThing

And so it begins. The shops are beginning to crank up ‘Santa Baby…’, festive lattes have crept into all the coffee bars, and the floodgates have opened on seasonal tv adverts. Christmas is coming, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Over the last decade I’ve been slowly getting more and more Christmassy, and now that I have an excited 2-year old I think we have officially reached peak Christmas in the house! In the flurry of finding gifts, wrapping, baking mince pies and general chaos, suddenly you stop and think- what do I wear?

Christmas jumpers have become an absolute must do for stylish Brits who love a big dose of irony with their turkey, and I love a festive knit!

For the ultimate desk-to-dancefloor look, it’s all about how you style your jumper, for a party look that’s fun and never tries too hard.

PrettyLittleThing have an amazing collection of Christmas jumpers that are on trend and affordable with their usual dose of chic. Here’s how I’d style up two of my favourites:

Day to Night Christmas Party 

Burgundy long ‘Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal’ jumper | PrettyLittleThing
Black vinyl trousers | Very
Grey suede ankle boots | M&S
Black mini leopard ‘Alexa’ | Mulberry 

For my first look, I decided to offset the cute and cosy vibe of my jumper with a jolt of edgy vinyl, and I love the effect. This jumper is so warm and cosy, and I really like the oversized style which works well with a slim cut bottom half. The Home Alone films are one of my absolute favourites so I love the cheeky slogan. If you were feeling especially daring you could actually just pair it with black opaques, especially if you’re on the shorter side- I’m quite a tall girl, and it’s fairly long on me! The trousers are very of the moment, but they’re quite a style risk, so I feel like the cosy vibe of the jumper is perfect to offset them. To accessorise, I added in some grey suede ankle boots and my beloved Alexa satchel which has a cool patent leopard print to it. This outfit would be perfect for going straight out after work- just add a bit of glittery eyeliner and you’re good to go.

Festive Night Out 

Cream ‘Ho Ho Ho’ reversible sequins panel jumper | Pretty Little Thing
Embroidered Aztec mini | Topshop
Black leather ankle boots | Dune
Bronze statement necklace | Zara
Burgundy ‘Mademoiselle’ bag | PopKorea

So my second look takes it up a notch for that big Christmas night out. Who says you can’t slay in your winter woolies? This cream knit has the perfect amount of slouch to it, so it pairs really well with a patterned mini. Just do the fashion half-tuck, as this shows your waist line and gives the look shape.

I added in my favourite v-cut heeled ankle boots, a bold statement necklace to compliment the glitter of the reversible sequin panel, and a burgundy quilted chain bag to smarten things up and add a hint of colour. Of course, you could pop on some tights if you don’t want frozen legs, or just get some tequila insulation going on.

Christmas knits can be really versatile, so think beyond pairing them with the standard skinny jeans and you can have a festively fashionable look.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Get Your Glow Back | Hello Day Autumn Box

What is your personal wellness goal? It could be finding more energy, getting your glow back, sleeping better at night or welcoming more calm into your life.

Often it feels like we’re fighting against nature – our 24/7, always-on society makes it nearly impossible to switch off, and I often feel we cause ourselves harm by moving further away from the natural rhythms in life – from the order of day and night, the march of the seasons and the beat of our own circadian rhythms.

Hello Day believe that too, and its inspired their tailored approach to wellbeing through the seasons. If you’ve noticed your energy levels dropping, your skin and hair becoming dry and dull and a general feeling of sluggishness as the seasons change, you aren’t alone.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

OOTN | Death by Diamonds and Pearls

Hen ‘do’-s (or ‘bachelorette parties’, if you're American).They are the Marmite of the social occasion world. You either love them or hate them, but either way knowing what to wear for one can be a bit of a tricky decision. But assuming it's not all L-plates and flashing headbands, I'm on board with the whole thing.After all, there's nothing better than a bunch of girlfriends hell-bent on having a good time and sending their friend off into the embraces of matrimony in style!


Monday, 13 November 2017

FOTD: Easy Makeup Look for a Halloween Hen Do

I could be accused of playing it a little safe when it comes to makeup. Generally, my goal is to look like a better version of myself, so I favour neutral colours and quite a ‘vanilla’ approach in my day to day life. So sometimes it's really fun to go all out and make a big switch up.

My friend Holly’s hen night in Chester was the perfect chance to get a little wild with colour. It fell on Halloween weekend, and although I chose not to do a full-on costume, my outfit was a little play on the idea of a ‘Fashion Victim’, so the classic ‘Instagram look’  with the statement skirt, slogan tee and cliche ‘blogger favourite’ accessories like the Chanel bag and Rockstud-style shoes. If you added some fake blood and FX makeup (to play up the ‘victim’ in ‘fashion victim’) this could be a good costume idea!


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Minnavi | Finding the Perfect Korean Skin Care Routine

Reducing a 12 step skin care routine down to two targeted treatments from Korean beauty innovators

The world has its eyes on South Korean skincare. Just lately, the Asian nation even seems to have overtaken the French as the recognised global authority on all things skin. 

The beauty-obsessed country has a cultural emphasis on picture-perfect skin that takes the humble cleanse/tone/moisturise routine to a whole other level, with 40 minute long 10-step regimes being pretty standard there.

Pretty much all of the skincare innovations produced by Western beauty houses in recent years have been copies of Korean imports - BB and CC creams, cushion foundation, ombre lips, essences, sleeping packs and sheet masks; you name it. Packing, ingredients and techniques are all pouring out of the country and onto our shelves.


Monday, 6 November 2017

Brand New You: How to Overhaul Your Image

Have you had the same hairstyle since you were fifteen? Do you receive the same colour sweater from your mum each Christmas because you’re so predictable?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then you know that you have to do something sharpish to give your image a much-needed overhaul.

You want to be spontaneous and surprise people with a whole new look. You could, of course, dye your hair and get a piercing or even a tattoo, but these tend to wreak of mid-life crisis rather than image revival. Take a look at these sensible, albeit, expensive ways to give yourself a whole new look...


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Prezzybox Jingle Mingle event with TalkBeckyTalk

What do you get when you put together a bunch of excitable bloggers, some innovative gift ideas, a YouTube star and a wave of prosecco? The answer is the Prezzybox Jingle Mingle event, which I was very hyped to go along to last week.

When you’re a blogger, one of the nicest things is making friends and contacts with others in the blogging world. What can begin as quite a lonely, isolated hobby, typing away in your bedroom, can blossom into some really fabulous times, and events like this are what makes it all happen.

Back when I first started blogging, I was properly in the closet with it – only my boyfriend knew I was doing it. I felt almost as if it was a shameful secret that I didn’t want people closest to me to know! If you want to grow though, you don’t have much option but to be transparent and authentic – and that includes owning up to what you do. A lot of bloggers can probably relate to that.

I had all sorts of worries about not being taken seriously in my career and the judgement of people I knew, but its only through facing those fears (and also being a lot older now, which definitely helps with not caring what other people think so much) that I’ve been able to feel comfortable with my passion project.


Thursday, 2 November 2017

How To: Wear Your Jeans This Winter


Jeans are a year-round go to in England, but in winter, they really come into their own. Whether you are out shopping, having a casual day or going out on the town, jeans are the ideal way to stay warm. How you wear your jeans can really make a difference to your whole outfit so it’s easy to wear the same pair over and over to different occasions.

Denim has always been something of an enigma in the fashion world. At once casual and formal, this material has been making waves since the 90s when everyone wore double denim. While double denim may have tried to make a few comebacks since, and has even been spotted on a few celebrities this summer, there are all sorts of other trends you could be rocking that don’t need quite so much confidence.

The Iconic jeans for you may not be high-waisted or skinny, but worn with the right silk shirt or comfy jumper, they will be just as versatile. In fact, you should feel encouraged by those celebs who still wear double denim because clearly, fashion doesn’t change that much...


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Standing Out From The Crowd: Tips For Mastering Your Unique Look

While it’s always sensible to keep a close eye on the latest trends, sometimes you need to think outside of the box if you want to create a unique look that will turn heads.

Sure, you can head out to high-street stores and purchase clothing from their winter collections, but you’re going to look the same as just about everyone else when you go for those girls nights out.

Considering that, there is some advice on that page that will point you in the right direction and ensure you never wear the same dress as other people in the club. Sometimes an original style is the best way to stand out from the crowd.

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